Kick-Ass – The New Girl Vol. 1 by Mark Millar & John Romita Jr. | Review


Published on Nov 14, 2018


Kick-Ass remains, for someone who writes, one of the best creations and IP created by the volcanic scottish author Mark Millar. Not only because it put on paper one of the suggestions of millions of readers of comics supererostici – wear a homemade costume and go fight crime – but because back in 2008 knew how to trap, through a story highly symbolic nation and it is full of quotes and easter-egg, at the centre of our culture, the geek, would be covered in the collective imagination of a few years where it would have literally “exploded”and became in fact something very “mainstream”.

But what happens when this franchise has been said, and from which it was extracted, everything? What happens is that you realize that the characters that populated the story were redundant from the point of view of the narrative-formal the basic idea of the franchise itself.

The scottish author has decided to revive the “brand” by using a new protagonist taking advantage of the ruse so dear to the major supereroistiche related to the “legacy” of their characters.

In Kick-Ass – The New Girl Vol. 1 leave behind the glittery streets of New York city, the video on youtube, teenagers as Dave Lizewski and vigilantes such as Hit Girl and Big Daddy in favor of the dust of the desert of Afghanistan and especially of New Mexico.

As, then, Patience Lee soldier who after 8 years and several tours, he decides to leave and go back home with her husband and their two sons to continue his engineering studies. But the return home will be far from happy: her husband, fled with a younger girl, and Patience finds herself having to feed two children with the salary of a waitress.

Suddenly, the frustration takes Patience and in despair and the woman starts thinking of making a act crazy like rob a bank, or better still rob the criminals of the city wearing a costume. Soon, however, the situation will become more serious than expected, crossing the path of Maurice, his brother-in-law, and the local boss, in fact, the “business” set up seems destined to end in blood, but Patience is a woman full of resources and able, literally, to overturn in their favor of the events.

How and why Patience Lee get the costume of Kick-Ass is not important, or at least not to the extent that the woman is looking for a “disguise” showy “on a mission” by emulating a media event as the boy superhero in New York city.

But Mark Millar is not interested in telling a story, which is similar in plot to that of Dave Lizewski rather incorporates a few suggestions of another of his series Nemesis, combines them with those of a series of television's most successful ever – that the Breaking Bad set in New Mexico – creating a story incredibly fresh and current in which the reflection of socio-political joins a protagonist is “true”.

The scottish then it's not “critical” and more of the geek culture, but a certain vision, driven by the idea to create a better world and equal opportunities for all, in reality it has done no more than highlight the separation between those who believed in these ideals – like Patience main article then no less than the little they already had – and those who instead in this “indecision” have thrived on the more moderate, as the brother-in-law Maurice.

The reversal of perspective the final then is millariano in everything and for everything opening up narrative possibilities that are certainly interesting for the continuation of the series. What is striking in this volume, and, therefore, these first six numbers, is the relative “calm” with which Millar constructs the story of the new Kick-Ass without falling into the narrative extremely synthetic that often, “tarpa wings” of his series.

There are of course the exaggerations to Millar, with a graphic violence is always over the top, and the legendary John Romita Jr. can give full rein to his style became cartonescamente grotesque, but which is well suited to the script of the scottish writer kissed maybe in chine, less intrusive than usual that they absorb certain excesses that JRJr. he has now implemented in its own style. One test, that of the designer, good but not devoid of the usual flaws that characterize and polarize the reviews against him, especially in the last years.

From the point of view carto-technical volume hardback proposed by Panini Comics is, as usual, of the highest quality, you can't say the same of the translation that is in some passages that are a bit woody, appearance really unusual for the Panini products.

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